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Kingdom records thousands of TB cases

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Two men walk past CENAT headquarters in Phnom Penh. KT/Pann Rachana

The National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control yesterday said there were 22,000 cases of tuberculosis in the Kingdom last year.

In 2018, there were 28,757 cases a drop from the 34,000 reported in 2017.

CENAT director Mao Tan Eang said that although the illness and death rate from TB in Cambodia has been decreasing, the number of patients in Cambodia is still higher than that of regional countries.

“Even though we have reduced the sickness and mortality rates, we are still the country with the highest number of TB cases among the 30 countries in the region, he said. “Therefore, we must all work together to eliminate TB following the government’s goal as well as the international target of eliminating the disease by 2030.”

Mr Tan Eang urged relevant institutions and people to eliminate TB together, noting that treatment is free at all health centres and state hospitals.

He noted that TB patients must keep visiting the doctor regularly because the disease takes a long time to cure.

Eng Houth, a Health Ministry’s secretary of state, said last year that the drop in cases reflects the success in the fight against tuberculosis but more hard work is needed to achieve the goal of eliminating the disease by 2030.

On World Tuberculosis Day last year under the theme of “It’s time together to end TB”, Prime Minister Hun Sen said he fully expected the target to eliminate TB to be reached through the joint participation of all ministries, institutions, stakeholders, private sector, development partners and citizens.

“I sincerely hope that all ministries, institutions, stakeholders, private sector, national and international organisations, development partners and citizens will continue to contribute to and support the promotion of TB eradication, not only to improve the well-being of people but also promote the dignity and prestige of Cambodia,” Mr Hun Sen said.

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